Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Oldies and Goodies

Oh Joan...this was a difficult challenge for me! (http://www.atjoansgardens.com )  My head swirled with ideas: vintage is certainly oldie/goodie.  Then I thought of taking an "oldie" favorite stamp and creating a tried and true card...but I couldn't find the stamp!  Then I thought I'd take all my Oldie scraps of paper from previous cards (recognize any?) and create a background paper.  Then I thought I'd take my first ever stamp and make the card.  Should have been easy, but trust me, it wasn't!  I fought with the kitty stamp.  Finally a good friend suggested cutting a hole out of the card and having the cat face peeking out.  So here is the card.  A few favorite embellishments (crystals, ribbon, and flowers and the card is ready for the sentiment inside.  Maybe a "Miss You" , because this kitty face sure doesn't look happy! lol!  I wish we lived closer dear friend!
Stamp:  PSX (I miss that company!)

Monday, June 25, 2012

For the Red, White, and Blue

Paper: Paper Studio, Vellum,cardstocks
Stamps: Great Impressions
Inks: Memento, Watermark, Copic
Misc: Brads, Stickles Glitter glue

Well, I'm all for the Red, White, and Blue!  Sheri's Challenge #88 www.myshericrafts.blogspot.com inspires those who live in the United States to prepare for our Independence celebrations.  Fireworks and who can resist a patriotic bear?  For help....I followed the MoJo Monday design this week for a square card.  Sometimes having a predefined layout spurs the creative process doesn't it!

Butterflies Abound

Supplies Used
Paper: Various Cardstock, patterned from?
Stamps: JustRite Butterfly Garden Set
Dies: Cherry Lynn Butterflies; Spellbinder Circles
Embossing Folder: Sizzex Butterflies
Ink: Stazon Teal Blue; Distress Wild Honey
Misc: Swarovski Crystals, May Arts Ribbon

JustRite challenge #75 was a color inspiration challenge of orange, turquoise, peach. I started this card using an idea to have multiple circle focal points embellished with ribbon and flowers.  Needless to day, it didn't end up that way.  I saw the "new" Sizzex folder lying on my table top and ... the rest is "history" as they say.  I'll use my circles idea on another card someday lol!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dad's Shirt

I wanted to play at Sheri's challenge over at www.myshericrafts.blogspot.com where the theme was to create a masculine card honoring the man in your life.  Here's to you Dad!  I found a tutorial by accident that gave really detailed directions on folding a piece of paper to create Dad's shirt.  Oh the possibilities are endless!    Not only a card, but I'm thinking decoration for a box top. 
The supplies were few:
Stamp:  JustRite Font
Paper:  Paper Studio,
Ink:  Memento, Distress, Copic
Note:  the shirt front can be folded down to reveal a space "inside" for a more elaborate message-a heartfelt message for Dad!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beach Fun

Supplies for this card:
Paper: Cardstocks, patterned
Inks: Copic Markers YR16, YR68, BG13; Memento Potter's Clay; Distress Ink-Wild Honey
Stamps: JustRite By the Sea
Ribbon: May Arts Silk
Misc.: Plastic sunglasses, seashells, Sand
Inspiration: JustRite Challenge #75; MoJo Monday #246

Both the JustRite "Color Inspiration" challenge #75 and this weeks MoJo Monday sketch challenge #246 were combined to create this card.  Turquoise, Peach and Orange reminded me of summer days of the beach. (Okay, so I live in Oklahoma...but I can recall some favorite summer vacations at Cherry Grove, North Carolina). This card is a tribute for that fun time.  Isn't the JustRite By the Sea Set justrite perfect for recalling the hours gazing out on the turquoise ocean?  I had a little trouble getting this card "justrite" until I thought of spraying the card base with adhesive and sprinkling some of that leftover beach sand (yep, I brought a jar home) on it. Now both the feel and view of that vacation time.   Ready for fun in the sun?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chocolate Delight

Vintage/masculine is the theme of the current JustRite challenge.  In between visits to my husband who has been in the hospital for 10 days battling post surgery infection; I've been working on this challenge.  It has provided a positive distraction from the worry.  He loves (don't we all) chocolate chip cookies; so I decided to create a cookie basket and added an accompanying card.  I made the card with a Happy Birthday sentiment; but any appropriate message could be used.  A stamp from the
Shabby Chic Labels 4 set was used to create the foldover basket tab.  Even though the stamp seems "feminine", I thought it worked well turned upside down for a masculine image.  What do you think?  The basket label was embossed on vellum,  outlined in a piece of burlap twine, then cut out by hand.
  Once the basket was finished, I spent a little time in the kitchen baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Yum (yep, I ate one...okay two!)
Project Supplies
Paper:  K&Company, Graphic 45, cardstock
Ink: Copic E27 (paper edges on basket), Distress Ink (Honey), Watermark
Stamps: JustRite Shabby Chic Labels 4, JustRite What's Cookin, JustRite Just a Note
Dies: JustRite Nested Oval Medallion Labels Dies, EK Success Punch
Misc: Comotion Chocolate Brown Embossing Powder, May Arts Burlap "ribbon", brads

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bird in White

I love Joan's Garden Challenges because they inspire creating with a variety of requirements!  This week our challenge was to create a card using a bird theme...a frame...blue...a branch.  I really tried to add a branch or two, but it junked up the look so I decided the branch in the stamped image would have to do.  This was a fun card to make...I embossed the stamp image on a blue cardbase, created a frame from a die and added a few pearls.  "Hello" was the chosen sentiment but any could be used.
Paper: blue cardstocks (light and dark)
Stamp: Penny Black (Whispered Wishes); Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die:  Cherry Lynn
Inks: Memento, Watermark, Glacier White Embossing Powder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Misc: White pearl DewDrops (Robins)